Aerospace Builder Expands Titanium Machining Capacity
By Patrick Waurzyniak
Aircraft components builder Aerospace Dynamics International (ADI, Valencia, CA) launched a major increase in titanium machining capacity with its order for eight MAG (Hebron, KY) five-spindle, five-axis XTi profilers to support its Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 programs.
The $90 million ADI investment includes a new 120,000 square-foot facility and acquisition of the eight XTI profilers from MAG. Upon completion, the expansion will give ADI approximately 600,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity under roof, and require more than 200 new employees to fully staff the operation.
The new order follows ADI’s 2011 purchase of two MAG five-spindle three-axis XTi profilers, part of an earlier plant expansion that included two MAG U5 portal mills and two MC 1600 boring mills. In addition to machine tools, ADI purchased tooling and applications support from MAG's Productivity Solutions business, and Freedom eLOG factory monitoring software from MAG Delta 4. According to MAG, ADI’s $36 million machinery purchase is one of the largest single aerospace orders in the history of the company in terms of total value and number of spindles.
“We are producing some significant titanium assemblies and sideframe components for the Airbus A350 that require lots of heavy machining, and we expect these machines to fill a big role in reaching our contracted ramp-up rates,” says ADI President and CEO John Cave.
The big order will help alleviate the current shortage of titanium machining capacity and better support many high-profile commercial aircraft programs, the companies note. “The exciting thing about this is the creation of manufacturing jobs in this country,” adds Chip Storey, MAG director, aerospace operations.
ADI, part of the privately held Marvin Group in Southern California, is a leading supplier for leading aerospace OEM's, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus, Spirit and others. Its primary contracts include the Boeing 737, 777 and 787; the Airbus A330, A350 and A380; and the Lockheed Martin F-35. The Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems named ADI a 2011 supplier of the year.